A trio of European climbers involved in a high-altitude brawl with Nepalese guides on Mount Everest have cancelled their trip and and are to return from the Himalayas, climbing sources said Tuesday.
Famed mountaineers Ueli Steck of Switzerland and Simone Moro of Italy, accompanied by British alpine photographer Jonathan Griffith, claimed they were attacked by an "out-of-control mob" on Saturday.
An American eyewitness said the Europeans had ignored a request from Nepalese guides to wait during their ascent, and dislodged ice that hit the Sherpas below, sparking a "terrifying" clash at 6,500 meters (21,300 ft).
"The three are planning to return to Kathmandu on Wednesday," Mingma Sherpa of Cho-Oyu Trekking, the company that organized the Europeans' expedition, said, adding they would likely travel by helicopter.
Moro told PlanetMountain, a mountaineering website, that the "violence killed our climbing dream."
"We also received an official apology from all the Sherpa," Moro told the website, adding that hundreds of summit hopefuls camped on the mountain were all "shocked and aware" of the violence that took place.